Ceres Negros stuns Brisbane Roar to advance in AFC Champions league
ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 23, 2018 11:57 PM
Striker Bienve Maraņon scored a brace to help Ceres Negros FC upset Brisbane Roar in Australia (FILE PHOTO)
Filipino football club Ceres Negros FC went into enemy territory and came away victorious, taking down Brisbane Roar 3-2, Tuesday afternoon in Brisbane, Australia to advance into the playoff round of the 2018 AFC Champions League.
The two-time A-League champions got off to a hot start after Massimo Maccarone got the home team on the board in the 35th minute.
Spanish star striker Bienve Marañon came up big for the visiting UFL champions once again, as he hit the equalizer in the 43rd minute to keep Ceres in the match.
Marañon kept it going as he converted once more in the 65th minute to give the Pinoy side the advantage.
Omid Nazari put the match out of Brisbane's reach after scoring in the 75th minute to make it a 3-1 advantage for Ceres Negros.
Eric Bautheac pulled one back in the 86th minute to make it a 3-2 match, but that would be the last of it as Ceres Negros held on for what many consider to be a massive upset.
After wins over Shan United and Brisbane Roar, Ceres Negros will continue their AFC Champions League campaign into the playoff round, where they'll be taking on Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian at the Tianjin Olympic Center Stadium in Tianjin, China on January 30th.
The winner of that matchup will advance into the group stages.
No Filipino club has ever qualified for the annual tournament, which means Ceres Negros is one win away from making Filipino football history.